The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said the release of the leader of lndigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will aid peaceful conduct of the 2023 election in the South-East.
Ambassador George Obiozor, the president-general of Ohanaeze said in a statement on Friday that Kanu’s release would douse tension in the region.He said only a political solution would address youth restiveness in the South East and other parts of Nigeria.
“It’ll be our great pleasure that Nnamdi Kanu is released. To tell you the truth, it’ll reduce the tension and honestly make room for better political solutions to the problem.
“There’s only one solution to this youth problem. It’s not violence, it’s to find out, why the youths of Nigeria are angry. It didn’t begin under President Buhari. But what this country does is to forget its history. The truth of the matter is that the youths are upset.
“There’s tremendous agony among the youths in Nigeria. Now, it has become a clear thing. We used to call them millennium children.
“Ohanaeze is doing its best to see how this matter can be politically solved and those young men, I believe, are now ready to listen. If Nnamdi Kanu is released, elders like us can have access and talk to him.
“This is a crisis you cannot solve through political violence, threat or intimidation. The people are angry and when you’re angry, you don’t see reason.
“I’m proud of this country as I am. How many people are? They should find political solutions to all Nigeria’s problems and Kanu’s case is not an exception.”